Miner/​Quarry Worker
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
1d ago

Pay for miners and quarry workers varies depending on experience and level of responsibility.

  • Quarry workers usually earn between $60,000 and $80,000 a year.
  • Miners usually earn between $80,000 and $150,000 a year.
  • Sources : MITO, 2018; Minex National Health and Safety Council, 2018.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Miners and quarry workers may do some or all of the following :

  • extract, process and transport minerals or rocks
  • maintain, repair and operate mining or quarrying machinery
  • construct underground tunnels and install ventilation and roof supports
  • prepare and maintain roadways within the work area
  • set fuses and detonate explosives
  • carry out safety checks on air quality, machinery, equipment, vehicles and work areas
  • keep records of hazards.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Miners and quarry workers need to have knowledge of :

  • different mining or quarrying methods
  • how to operate mining or quarrying machinery
  • how to handle explosives and blasting
  • mechanical skills to diagnose faults and carry out basic repairs
  • health and safety regulations
  • environmental regulations.
  • Working conditions

    Miners and quarry workers :

  • often work long hours and usually do shift work, including nights, weekends and being on call
  • work in conditions that are dangerous, noisy and dirty
  • work in cramped or confined conditions in underground mines, or varied weather conditions in opencast mines and quarries.
  • Entry requirements

    To become a miner or quarry worker you need to have a full driver's licence and pass drug and alcohol tests.

    A heavy vehicle licence and a first aid certificate is useful.

    Some employers may expect you to complete a relevant qualification such as a New Zealand Certificate in Mining and Quarrying (Level 2) while working.

    Secondary education

    There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a miner or quarry worker. However mathematics, construction and mechanical technologies, geography and physical education are useful.

    Personal requirements

    Miners and quarry workers need to be :

  • safety-conscious and able to remain calm in emergencies
  • able to work well under pressure
  • comfortable working underground, and in cramped conditions
  • able to follow instructions, but capable of acting on their own initiative
  • responsible, disciplined and able to work in a team
  • efficient and practical.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for miners includes :

  • operating machinery
  • driving heavy vehicles
  • work in the construction industry
  • engineering or general labouring.
  • Physical requirements

    Miners and quarry workers need to have a good level of fitness and must be strong as they work with heavy equipment. Miners must pass a physical examination every six months.

    Miners and quarry workers may also be required to undergo regular drug and alcohol tests.

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